Though it has some 'cons', Lomography's Fisheye No. 2, with its beloved (at least by me!) features definitely gets a thumbs up from me! The best things about this camera (outside of the fact that it's fisheye, of course), are the multiple exposure button, the style of the body, and the great and affordable accessories available.
I received my Fisheye No. 2 just a couple days before my vacation to Texas to celebrate my birthday. It’s still very new to me and I’ve only had one roll of film from it developed so far (even though the second roll is ready).
Lomography’s Fisheye No. 2 is a 35mm camera that features a wide-angle lens that, obviously, shoots fisheye-distorted images. It has a built in flash and the true fisheye viewfinder can be removed to use a hotshoe flash as well. It also features a bulb setting for long exposures and a switch for multiple exposures.
So here are my personal pro’s and con’s.
- Full metal jacket’ style body.
- L’ switch to lock your camera from taking unwanted pictures in your purse, backpack, pocket, etc.
- Rubber, flexible lens cap and wrist strap.
- Affordable waterproof casing available.
- Comes with a great book! I found that to be standard with Lomography brand camera books.
- A great selection of accessories!
- Takes a little bit of elbow grease to open the film cartridge until you break it in a little.
- Same for the first couple of times pulling up the rewind lever to load film, and loading the film cartridge and battery door. (PS, I have weak hands. This may not be a problem for you strong handed folk.)
- No tripod mount.
- Smaller than I expected it to be. I love a big, mighty looking camera. But the complaint is purely aesthetic, the size does not seem to affect the camera’s operation negatively.
- Only one strap-holder (is there an actual term for that?), so I cannot use a neck strap.
Accessories available include:
The Fisheye No. 2 and its accessories are available in multiple colours, so be sure to explore the Lomography store if black and silver aren’t doing it for you.
As previously said, these are my personal pros and cons. So, what do you love about the Fisheye No. 2? And what would you change about it if given the chance? I look forward to hearing your feedback. (;